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Mozart, Bruckner, Beethoven, and so much more...QCSO has an amazing array of upcoming classical performances PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:45
WVIK/QCSO Signature Series II: Tangos and Tutus
Sunday, January 25, 3:00 p.m.
Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island

QCSO Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz and QCSO Executive Director Benjamin Loeb featured in the music of Mozart, Bach, Stravinsky, and Piazzolla

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Featuring Demarre McGill, flute
Be transported into the sound world of musical cathedrals from the monumental structures of Bruckner and Torke to the delicate filigree of Mozart.
Watch this video about Demarre and his brother Anthony

Saturday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. Adler Theatre, Davenport
Sunday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m. Centennial Hall, Rock Island
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Hundreds of musicians of all ages fill the stage as the Quad City Symphony Orchestra performs in the annual Side-by-Side concert with the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles. QCSYEs Concerto Competition Grand Prize winner, flutist Gabriella Nisly, will perform with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith.
General Admission tickets are $15/adults and $10/students. Call the QCSO Box Office now for tickets at (563) 322-7276
"Stunningly brilliant" pianist Joel Fan returns for a star turn in two buoyant and melodic showpieces that will have you on your feet cheering. 

In this performance of 20th century American music you can hear the open plains of the West  in the Harris Symphony or the crowded bustle of the New York City in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue; visualize the exuberant community of rural America in Copland's ever-popular Suite from "Rodeo" or the jazzy nightclubs in Gould's Interplay.
Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m. Adler Theatre, Davenport
Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. Centennial Hall, Rock Island
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Davenport North's "The Big Dance" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Caroline Curley   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:32
Twenty-three top high school show choirs from Iowa will descend on Davenport North’s Gymnasium and Auditorium on January 31st for one of the Midwest’s premier show choir invitationals, The Big Dance.


The 18th annual event will include preliminary competition from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and finals competition beginning at 7:30 p.m.


Among the competing schools will be Davenport Central, Bettendorf, Iowa City High and Cedar Rapids Prairie. Also included will be exhibition performances by North’s own choirs, Northside Establishment and Center Stage.


Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children and seniors.


For more information, contact:

Ryan Riewerts, North vocal music director (563) 388-9884

Caroline Curley, The Big Dance chairman  (563) 370-5570

QCSYEs Concerto Competition Results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:20

2015 QCSYEs Concerto Competition

On Sunday, January 11, flutist Gabriella Nisly won the 2015 Grand Prize in the QCSYEs Concerto Competition performing Georges Hüe's Fantasie. The Iowa City West High School senior will perform with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and QCSO Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith on Sunday, February 22, 2015 as part of the QCSO/QCSYEs Side-by-Side Concert at Centennial Hall.

This year eleven members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSYSO) participated as contestants in the 2015 QCSYEs Concerto Competition, which offers contestants the chance to compete for two opportunities to perform as a soloist with orchestral accompaniment. The two-round competition was held at Augustana College’s Centennial Hall and was adjudicated by music faculty members from Augustana College, St. Ambrose University, and the University of Iowa, as well as members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Following the first round, five finalists were chosen to perform again in a final round, which resulted in the selection of two prize winners.
“As a judge, I was pleased to hear these fine young musicians.  The level of musical talent in the region was represented quite well by all the student participants.  Their musicality is a testament to their level of dedication to practice, to the hard work of the teachers and to the support of their families.  All the participants have reason to be proud of their accomplishments and I hope we continue to hear them make music for many years to come," said William Campbell, St. Ambrose University Music Department Chair, who served as a judge for the competition.
The YSO Prize was awarded to Muscatine High School junior Gabrielle Hartmann (pictured here with link to performance). She will perform the first movement of Carl Maria von Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F major, op. 75, with the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra and QCSYEs Music Director Benjamin Klemme on Sunday, April 26, 2015 as part of the QCSYEs Spring Festival Concert at Centennial Hall.

“This annual competition is a key component of the well-rounded musical experience we endeavor to provide the talented, young members of the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles. It allows our leading members to perform in a context in which they can practice and develop confidence as a soloist and poise as a performer. And I can say, as a listener, that it is inspiring to observe them doing so as they pursue the highest standards of artistic excellence and informed musicianship. Showcasing the extraordinary talents of these young artists through the QCSYEs Concerto Competition is something we look forward to each year,” Benjamin Klemme, QCSYEs music director shared.
The QCSYEs program is comprised of five performance groups (four youth orchestras and a youth choir) for students in grades two through twelve. Under the direction of the outstanding QCSYEs conducting staff, members have the opportunity to perform great orchestral and choral repertoire with the most talented young musicians in the area, and learn from rehearsals and coaching sessions with professional musicians from throughout the region. Ensemble members come from the greater Quad Cities, as well as other communities in southeast Iowa and northwest Illinois.
GABRIELA NISLY, Flute—QCSYEs Concerto Competition Grand Prize Winner
Gabriela Nisly is a senior at Iowa City West High School and studies flute with Nicole Esposito and Megan Hofeldt. She is a prize winner of numerous competitions and has participated in a variety of summer music activities, including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Gabriela hopes to double major in Flute Performance and Psychology in college.
GABRIELLE HARTMANN, Bassoon—QCSYEs Concerto Competition YSO Prize Winner
Gabrielle Hartmann is a 15-year-old junior at Muscatine High School and studies bassoon with Benjamin Coelho.  She is a 3-year member of the QCYSEs and Iowa All-State Music Festival. She also volunteers as a student director for Muscatine Children’s Choir, and has been involved with implementing a youth music program in Haiti.​

Comedy/magic show to benefit Tipton's Hardacre Theater PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 15:57

Improv comedy group and magician to perform all-ages show at Tipton High School

TIPTON, IOWA—ComedySportz, the Rock Island–based improv comedy group, and magician David Casas will perform at a fundraiser to benefit the Hardacre Theater Preservation Association (HTPA) at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13. The all-ages show will be held in the Tipton High School auditorium.

This is the second Hardacre benefit featuring the ComedySportz “Guys in Ties” troupe in two years. Last April’s show attracted hundreds of residents for a night of audience-driven comedy. All skits, songs and games are created from audience suggestions, so previous attendees are guaranteed a brand-new show.

“The ComedySportz ‘Guys in Ties’ group got such a strong reaction at last year’s benefit, we knew we’d need to have them back as soon as possible,” said Greg Brown, HTPA president. “The best part is everyone who saw year’s show will get a whole new show this time around.”

The high-energy, all-ages ComedySportz show features two teams of improv comedy “actletes” competing for points and laughs, with a referee keeping things moving and calling fouls.

According to the ComedySportz website, “the audience of a typical ComedySportz match has everyone, from kids to grandparents and from grade schoolers to college students. Everyone has a good time, and no one gets offended. We are the perfect improv entertainment choice for the entire family or a first date. All ComedySportz matches are Rated E for everyone.”

Magician David Casas, a Muscatine native, will open the show with his fast-paced act, including audience interaction and comedy. According to Casas’ website, “the combination creates an exhilarating, unique show with the audience laughing, amazed and happily entertained.”

Tickets for the show will be $10 for adults and $5 for students, with all proceeds going to the Hardacre Theater Preservation Association.

The HTPA is a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization tasked with renovating Tipton’s historic Hardacre Theater, which opened in 1916 and closed in 2013. The group purchased the theater in 2014 after a successful worldwide donor campaign. Donations are now being sought to renovate and reopen the theater.

For more information, go to the HTPA website at


Its Cold Outside, So Come Inside for these Great Shows! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Thursday, 08 January 2015 15:16
Wed., Jan. 21 7:30 p.m.
Guys and Dolls
Broadway at the Adler Theatre
Presented by Lexus of Quad Cities
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Guys and Dolls is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. This oddball romantic comedy soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon.

Join us for a pre-show dinner! Check out the yummy menu and order today with your show tickets. The pre-show buffet dinner is only $25.

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